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Saturday 24 June 2017

Somewhere special to stay for visitors to Hobart

There is no shortage of variety in the range of accommodation available in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart, but a newly-opened rental cottage offers a tangible link to the past. 

1870 Hobart Town is a super-comfortable heritage cottage in South Hobart, dating back to, you guessed it,1870. 

It's tucked away on a characterful side street and just a couple of minutes' walk from caf├ęs and restaurants like Ginger Brown and newcomer Miss Jane. 

Not that you'll need them. As with the owners' other rental property, Coast House, outside Cygnet,1870 is stocked with gourmet goodies ranging from fresh free-range eggs and Huon smoked salmon, to fresh artisan breads, a selection of Tasmanian cheeses, fresh strawberries and even a bottle of local wine and some soft drinks.

Coincidentally, the adults-only cottage was once the home of the Pooleys - now one of the state's leading wine producing families. 

The brand new website (1870 was only launched a couple of weeks ago) describes 1870 as "a heritage cottage with character, comfort and convenience."

With open wood fires lit when we arrived, and hugely comfortable furnishings, there is a temptation, particularly in winter, to snuggle up for the night. 

That, however, would be a pity when all the attractions of Hobart are on your doorstep. It is a 20-minute walk to Salamanca and the waterfront and several mountain tracks are available in the foothills of kunyani/Mt Wellington.

For those who want to stay on one level, there are a comfortable queen- sized bed with luxury linens and bathroom downstairs; along with a spacious living area and kitchen. There is a second character attic bedroom upstairs.

For warmer days guests have use of a balcony and an embryonic garden, as well as off-street parking, while internal additions include a coffee maker, dishwasher, washing machine, hairdryer and a stocked pantry. 

You'll find TV and free, fast internet, too, for keeping in touch with those at home, as well as a stereo system. 

My only complaint was the towels; feeble little things that didn't work for a big blubbery boy. I'm told they have since been replaced, so I can give 10/10. 

Summing up; 1870 Hobart Town is just delightful with all city comforts in the quietest of neighbourhoods.

For details and bookings visit Prices start from $250 a night. 

# The writer was guest of 1870 Hobart Town  

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